Lee Qualm

After more than two hours of testimony and discussion, the House Health and Human Services committee rejects a bill that prohibits schools from requiring vaccinations. 

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm sponsored the bill and says it’s unfortunate the bill has been referenced as “anti-vax.” He says it’s really about medical freedom.

House Bill 1057 & Transgender Healthcare

Jan 28, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 28, 2020 Show 742 Hour 1

House Bill 1057 seeks to criminalize gender-affirming clinical care in South Dakota. As the bill makes its way through the South Dakota legislature, Republican leader Lee Qualm told the New York Times that he is hearing from voters who have different opinions about the bill. The bill is scheduled for debate in the House tomorrow. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 16, 2020 Show 735 Hour 1

Lee Qualm (R) represents District 21 and is the house majority leader. Kris Langer (R) represents District 25 and is the senate majority leader. The two joined us to discuss what they are hoping to see get done during the 2020 legislative session. 

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019
SDPB

Representative Jean Hunhoff discusses the mental health task force she chairs. State Representative Nancy Rasmussen explains the Special Education Interim Study Committee. Representative Lee Qualm and Representative Oren Lesmeister talk industrial hemp. SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum’s announcement to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Political Junky Jon Hunter discuss this week in South Dakota politics. 

Hemp Summer Study

Jul 2, 2019
SDPB

In The Moment ... July 2, 2019 Show 608 Hour 2

A group of South Dakota Legislators will get together this summer to study the regulation and the costs of putting an industrial hemp program in place.

Republican Representative Lee Qualm chairs the study. He represents District 21. Democratic Representative Oren Lesmeister led the charge for industrial hemp legislation earlier this year. He represents District 28A.